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Determine Bra Size - When the only thing standing between you and beautiful clothing that shows off a flawless silhouette is a bra that fits you to a T, it's always best to have a plan.
Without a doubt, bra sizes can be confusing, and virtually everyone who has worn a bra has experienced it at one point or another.
With band and cup sizes, bra measurements and a dizzying array of bra styles, sister sizes, etc., it's easy to quickly become lost in the details of finding the right bra size.
What's the easiest way to solve the problem?
There is the obvious route of being properly fitted by a professional at a lingerie store - if you have the time.
If not, no worries. There's an easy way to determine your approximate bra size at home. All you need is a soft tape measure, a pen and paper, a few minutes and a bit of patience. Below, we share those steps.
There are a few sneaky tricks will make all the difference between the right size and the wrong bra fit.
For starters, take your mother’s advice and stand up straight. Hunching over, arching your back, or shrugging your shoulders up will skew your measurements.
Avoid a tense stance or sucking your ribs in and try to be as relaxed as possible.
Stand in front of a mirror to make sure the tape measure stays parallel to the floor all the way around and isn’t twisted.
Finally, make sure to hold the tape measure snugly around your body when you measure. A slack or loose measurement will result in a bra that’s not fitted enough to offer proper support.
Follow the standard instructions for taking your measurements to determine bra size.
If calculating your own size is confusing, simply use an online calculator that takes your measurements and gives you the proper size instead of you doing the math yourself.
There are a number of easy to use calculators available online and a quick search will have you on the path to the right fit in no time.
If you try a bra in your usual size only to find it doesn’t fit quite right, try on the sister size. This is the next size that’s in the same proportion to what you normally wear.
These sizes keep the cup-to-band ratio in the same proportion that you’re currently wearing so you’re more likely to find the right fit than you are if you only go up or down by cup size.